Critical Writing Index

Shirin Neshat: The Image Dispute

by Nathalie Leleu

Parachute, Dec. 2000, no. 100, pp. 70-85

This article examines Shirin Neshat's body of work, which addresses an Islamic identity in relation to Christian iconography and doctrine. Neshat's multi-layered images are slippery in their interpretation of the role of women in Islamic society in relation to ideology, as well as the relation between the female body, text, language, iconography and western stereotypes. Leleu concludes that though technology allows us access to distant cultures ultimately we must decode icon and the word of culture to be able to understand it.

ITEM 2000.047 – available for viewing in the Research Centre

Videos, Artworks and Artists Cited

AnchorageShirin Neshat

The Shadow Under the WebShirin Neshat

TurbulentShirin Neshat

RaptureShirin Neshat

UnveilingShirin Neshat

Women of AllahShirin Neshat